John Muir: Father of our National Parks [NOOK Book]

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Biographical profile of a Scot who became so ingrained in American history and culture that his image can be seen on the California quarter. Born in Dunbar, Scotland to a strict Calvinist father, Muir rose from a poor farmer to one of the founding members of the American environmental movement. After hiking along the Pacific Coast to South America, Muir became one of the foremost environmental minds in the United States and his writings led to the creation of Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and...
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John Muir: Father of our National Parks

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Overview

Biographical profile of a Scot who became so ingrained in American history and culture that his image can be seen on the California quarter. Born in Dunbar, Scotland to a strict Calvinist father, Muir rose from a poor farmer to one of the founding members of the American environmental movement. After hiking along the Pacific Coast to South America, Muir became one of the foremost environmental minds in the United States and his writings led to the creation of Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and other parks. Award-winning author and syndicated columnist Daniel Alef tells the exciting story of Muir's environmental evolution on the American scene. [1,191-word Titans of Fortune biographical profile]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608042104
  • Publisher: Titans of Fortune Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Series: Titans of Fortune
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,347,709
  • File size: 457 KB

Meet the Author

Daniel Alef has written many legal articles, one law book, one historical anthology, Centennial Stories, and authored the award-winning historical novel, Pale Truth (MaxIt Publishing, 2000). Foreword Magazine named Pale Truth book of the year for general fiction in 2001 and the novel received many outstanding reviews including ones from Publishers Weekly and the American Library Association's Booklist. A sequel to Pale Truth, currently entitled Measured Swords, has just been completed.
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The California Historical Society called John Muir 'The Greatest Californian.' He is also known as the 'Father of Our National Park System.' The rise of John Muir from an obscure region of Scotland to the pinnacles of the American consciousness is a classic Horatio Alger story of the American dream.
Born in Dunbar, Scotland, in 1838 to a wicked Calvinist, a man whose notion of raising children was limited to force-feeding Bible verses while applying the switch for every perceived error, large or small, John Muir did not have a languid childhood. The deep greens of the Lammermuirs, the copses, the old stone walls and the tenderness of his mother were the only relief from the brutal beatings.
When the religious sect to which Muir's father belonged founded settlements in Wisconsin, Muir's father followed with family in tow. The Muirs arrived in New York on April 5, 1849, and a few days later headed to Milwaukee. Muir marveled at the wilderness, the virgin forests stocked with sugar maples, black spruce, hemlock, oaks and basswood.
Although the land had now changed, Muir's father had not. From dawn to dusk he forced his boy to farm their small 80-acre plot. There was no time or use for formal education. His father relented only once, allowing Muir to study a math book, but on his own time. With no time to read during the day, Muir got up at one in the morning, gaining 'five huge, solid hours' a day. During these 'five frosty hours,' Muir also discovered literature and poetry, and was especially drawn to Milton's "Paradise Lost."
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